Adoptable Pets Should Never Be Euthanized
Andrea was a cat at a Utah animal shelter who, after 30 days of not being adopted, was supposed to be euthanized in a gas chamber. But after not one but two rounds in the chamber, Andrea survived. This cat who refused to die was adopted an now lives happily with her new family.
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Animals like Andrea don't deserve to be euthanized. She wasn't sick or overly aggressive -- she was simply the victim of overcrowded shelter conditions, and wasn't lucky enough to be adopted within a short time period.
Thanks to higher rates of spaying and neutering, the number of animals euthanized each year has dropped from 20 million in 1970 to 4 million in 2011. That number is an all time low -- but for the millions of dogs and cats in U.S. shelters, it's still much too high.
Pledge to support a revolution in the way we handle animals in shelters: Support spay and neuter programs and always adopt companion animals instead of buying from breeders or pet stores, then tell everyone you know.